According the well-known Hurt Report study on motorcycle accident causation, it is actually the most likely scene of a motorcycle accident and is usually due to the fault of another driver. Although all drivers are instructed to enter intersections with caution, many motorists still fail to look for motorcyclists or yield to them, causing terrible accidents and injuries.
Most Chicago Motorcycle Accidents Occur At Busy Intersection
There are many different types of accidents that can happen at an intersection and even though they may happen at reduced speeds, they can still be deadly. Motorcycles have all the same rights as any vehicle on the road, yet for some reason other motorists fail to yield to them or claim to not even see them. Common accidents that happen at intersections involving motorcycles are:
- Left hand turns. One of the most common and deadly of all intersection accidents is a motorist failing to yield to a motorcycle while making a left hand turn.
- Rear-end accidents. Failing to stop in time and rear-ending a slowing or stopped motorcyclist
- Right hand turns. Large trucks can cut off or even hit motorcyclists while making a right hand turn
- T-bone accidents. The deadliest of all motorcycle crashes is a straight on hit from another vehicle.
In a NHTSA study of motorcycle fatality accidents, intersections were the sight of 50% of all fatalities in 2005. This is a high percentage considering how deadly a high-speed crash can be for a motorcycle rider and intersection crashes are usually at slower speeds.
T-Bone Accidents: The Deadliest Type Of Motorcycle Collision
A T-bone or side impact to any vehicle is the deadliest type of accident. For a motorcycle, it is the worst-case scenario. There is no protection from impact, no metal, air bag or anything else between the rider and the vehicle that is hitting them. The rider is likely to be crushed, thrown or even run over by the other vehicle. In the 2005 study done by NHTSA, over 1,000 motorcycle rider fatalities were due to side impact or T-bone accidents.
In a T-bone accident, there are usually some common factors. They will almost always be at an intersection. Running a red light or not stopping at a stop sign is also common. In some cases, a T-bone accident may occur during a left-hand turn when a vehicle does not yield to an oncoming motorcycle and hits them broadside. Whatever the case, a T-bone or side impact accident does not usually fare well for the motorcyclist.
Hire A Chicago Motorcycle Intersection Accident Attorney To Prosecute Your Injury Case
Too many victims of accidents let insurance companies dictate their compensation and what they are entitled to after being injured in an accident. For those who have been injured in an intersection motorcycle accident due to the fault of another driver, or for families who have lost a loved one in such an accident, hiring an experienced motorcycle accident attorney may be your best chance for fair compensation.
The Chicago Injury Center has qualified motorcycle accident attorneys on our team. We have represented many motorcyclists, including those who were hit in intersection crashes. We will not sit back and let the insurance companies decide what kind of financial compensation you deserve. Our team will work with you and your family to get the best possible financial outcome for your case. Call us today to schedule a no-obligation appointment to meet with an expert that can discuss your options.